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February 25. 2013 8:12PM

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NH company faces penalty for violating lead paint rule

PORTSMOUTH - New Hampshire Plate Glass Corp., based in Portsmouth, faces a penalty of up to $90,750 for allegedly violating requirements designed to protect children from exposure to lead-based paint during painting and other renovation activities, the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday.

The alleged violations occurred during a window renovation project performed by the company at the former Frisbee School in Kittery, Maine.

At the time of the renovation, the site was a child-occupied facility and subject to EPA requirements.

The violations were brought to EPA's attention via an anonymous tip, after which EPA and Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection inspected the site in February 2012. Based on the inspection, EPA determined the company had not complied with the required work practice requirements, including failure to assign a certified renovator to the work site; failure to cover ground with plastic sheeting; and failure to contain waste from the renovation activity.

The EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule is designed to prevent exposure to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards. It became effective on April 22, 2010, and allows for the assessment of penalties that may reach up to a maximum of $37,500 per violation per day.

CRDC closes loan for Manchester company

The Capital Regional Development Council recently closed an $80,000 loan for the NH School of Mechanical Trades.

The loan is part of the SBA stimulus funded Intermediary Lending Pilot Program and marks the second the loan from the $1 million that is available under this program.

"This new tool allows CRDC to assist businesses, which may be new and poised for strong growth, throughout the State of New Hampshire including large cities such as Manchester, Concord or Nashua," said Stephen Heavener, CRDC executive director.

Small businesses can use the loan proceeds for working capital, real estate, or the acquisition of materials, supplies and equipment.

NH School of Mechanical Trade offers training and licensing classes in HVAC, oil and gas heat, electrical, plumbing and OSHA safety courses. It located at 7 Perimeter Road in Manchester.



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